Steven Gerrard has admitted he is surprised Liverpool didn't land midfielder Dele Alli before he signed for Tottenham from MK Dons.
The 19-year-old has been a sensation for Spurs so far this season, helping them record just one Premier League defeat in 13 games, while earning a call-up for England in the process.
Alli has established himself as a mainstay in Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino's side and following his stunning goal for England in their 2-0 friendly win against France, it's been claimed that the north London side will look to tie him down to a new long-term contract.
It could have been very different for Liverpool had they followed up on their interest in Alli over the summer. It has been reported that the Reds were close to sealing a deal, only to see it fall through.
Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was keen on signing Alli, who is a Liverpool fan and idolised Gerrard as a boy, however the club's much-maligned transfer committee believed the youngster didn't represent good value for money and he went to Tottenham for £5 million.
Speaking to BT Sport, Gerrard - who left Liverpool at the end of last season to complete a move to LA Galaxy - admitted he was 'disappointed' his former club didn't sign Alli, and believes he would have been his perfect replacement.
The former Liverpool skipper said: I was actually disappointed Liverpool didn't sign him. I thought he was certainly a player that Liverpool might have tried to go for. Especially with me coming to the end, he's certainly a player I could see playing for Liverpool for the next 10-15 years.
"He's certainly got that ability".
Gerrard also conceded that Alli was much further along in his development at 19 than the legendary midfielder was, and also backed him to play for England regularly despite his tender years.
The 35-year-old has returned to Liverpool and will train with his former side during the MLS off-season.
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